“What’s different here is you’ve got a company retraining its own workers for jobs it knows it’s going to be able to provide,” Heinrich says. She says that this entire initiative is probably borne out of a cost-benefit analysis that concluded the best way to fill currently empty and future roles in an extremely tight labor market was to invest in retraining its own workforce. Amazon is currently trying to fill 20,000 roles; retraining current employees who’ve proven amenable to Amazon for those and future jobs, at a cost of $7,000-per-employee, could be cheaper than recruiting. “You have to look at the employers’ perspective—what’s going to make them profitable and successful? It’s much easier for Amazon to have data on who they think is most likely to be successful in training, instead of having to go out and find these people. It should be a cost savings for them to do that within their own workforce.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
On an even large scale, we sometimes feel that time is now passing faster as we get older. Here, we are not dealing with “short or long”, but with “fast or slow”. The fact of being so busy at some period of life may lead to the impression that, at the end of a given week, not as much as planned or expected at the beginning of that week was done. The repetition of such impressions may lead to the impression that time passes faster than it used to, when there was less to do during childhood. Indeed, this is one of several hypotheses for explaining this impression that life is passing faster as we get older. This overall impression may also be related to the accumulation of occasions where we find ourselves so surprised that a given event occurred so long ago. When you are 8, nothing happened 10 years ago; but when you get older, you may have some vague impression that an event happened 8 or 10 years ago, while this event may have happened 20 years ago. … [Read more...] about Why Does Time Slow Down and Speed Up?
The more interesting stuff is in the 12-page list of glamour, etiquette, and hygiene rules. This is where we see just how much of a peppy automaton a cheerleader has to be. Shoulds and musts abound. “Hair must be worn in a glamorous style with no clips or tie-backs,” the cheerleaders are told. “A full curled or slightly bent, free-flowing style is required. Short hair must be worn full and fabulous!” The whole thing reads like a 1950s-era all-girls boarding school’s guide to landing the star quarterback. (Not the Bills’ QB, of course; any fraternization is grounds for dismissal.) … [Read more...] about Insane Handbook: Bills Cheerleaders Are Told How To Wash Their Vaginas